Originally Posted by mrshermanoaks
You miss the biggest benefit of Vudu: Instant viewing of SD movies and very quick or instant viewing of most HD movies.
If you can plan ahead a few hours to rent your movies, it's not a big deal. But if you like to browse the library and just pick and play, Vudu rocks.
aTV has virtually instant viewing as well, it just needs to buffer enough to keep up. Instant viewing depends on how fast your connection is, not the service.
Originally Posted by Cory Bauer
I think "virtually uncompressed" is a fair description of HD DVD/Blu-Ray; yes it's compressed, but so long as the encode went well the naked eye could never tell the difference between the source and the Blu-Ray/HD DVD.
Then I guess I don't agree that the naked eye can't tell the difference between bluray and uncompressed source material. Every time I've seen bluray content, there have been visible compression artifacts.
And while there may be titles better than what I've seen, since there is plenty of content that isn't, it doesn't make sense to make that blanket statement about the format.
It reminds me of all the bogus descriptions of various mp3 and aac rates (including 128 and lower) as "cd quality".